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From Bournemouth Echo

 
YEARS of Poole Christmas tradition has come to an end, after town centre chiefs decided to scrap this year’s yuletide Santa Parade on health and safety grounds.
 
Thousands of residents, many of them young children, normally line the route from Poole Quay to the town’s Dolphin Shopping Centre, eager to catch a glimpse of Santa as he’s dropped off on the quayside by boat.
 
But this year, in a move condemned by many residents, Santa has been barred from making his town centre journey amid ‘safety concerns’.
 
Dolphin Shopping Centre manager John Grinnell explained: “Our Santa parade has been one of the most popular events in Poole, and we’ve loved putting it on every year.
 
“Sadly, however, we’ve become a victim of our own success. As we’ve seen the numbers swell every year, we’ve become increasingly concerned about the volume of people in such a confined space, especially around moving vehicles.â€
 
Poole resident Daniel Carrington said he couldn’t believe the parade, which has taken place in some form or other since the 1970s, has been scrapped.

 

Why not ban the traffic or is that too difficult. Maybe the council can get some consultants with clip boards to draw up a feasibility study. Don't let Bobby47 see this!

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'ere in 'ereford, will pork scratchings-loving Jonathan Bretherton be making an appearance as Father Christmas at the naff new Old Market?

 

Or diminutive mole-loving highways engineer Charles Pickles be returning from his Holme Lacy retirement home to appear as an elf in front of Waitrose?

 

Perhaps Terry James could dress up as Mr Beadle, and strut past the new Odeon ringing a bell and calling out: 'I always said it would be a disaster!'

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'ere in 'ereford, will pork scratchings-loving Jonathan Bretherton be making an appearance as Father Christmas at the naff new Old Market?

 

Or diminutive mole-loving highways engineer Charles Pickles be returning from his Holme Lacy retirement home to appear as an elf in front of Waitrose?

 

Perhaps Terry James could dress up as Mr Beadle, and strut past the new Odeon ringing a bell and calling out: 'I always said it would be a disaster!'

Or maybe you dressed up as scrooge you miserable sod

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